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Fish oil supplement for kids?

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Created October 15, 2012 at 6:34 PM

My daughter used to love to just pop my fish oil pills in her mouth & chew them up, but recently she lost the taste for it. Does anyone have a recommendation for a supplement she might eat (she can't swallow pills yet).

I looked in to Eskimo Kids, but almost half of it is canola oil. :(

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 25, 2012
at 02:19 PM

Oh good! We call it "Shrek" fish oil because of the color.

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 25, 2012
at 02:28 AM

I got my daughter the Barlean's flax swirl and she totally loves it. Thanks for the rec! I'll check out the Green Pastures stuff when she can swallow pills. :)

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 17, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Yes...it is supposed to mimic WAPF activator X. The little one won't swallow pills yet. :) The insides are too sticky and smelly to put in liquid. Still working on her though.

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

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on October 17, 2012
at 04:44 AM

Thanks for the add'l info! I'll have to consider whether the peace of mind is worth the price of fresh salmon. :)

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on October 16, 2012
at 11:02 PM

If you didn't want risk it at all, you could just poach a salmon fillet and use that.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 16, 2012
at 10:58 PM

I worry a lot about BPA, but I haven't worried as much about BPA in fish canned in water, that has gone from a cold climate to my relatively cold/temperate climate. Cool temps plus non-acidic food seems lower risk. I get the 16 oz. can of Alaskan salmon either from TJ's or the grocery store.

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:28 PM

I haven't even heard of that! Is "vitamin butter" like the WAPF magic butter ingredient? I'll totally look into the CLO. My daughter is almost 7. Is there a reason one of your kids takes one and the other takes another?

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

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on October 16, 2012
at 10:26 PM

That recipe sounds delicious! What size can do you use? (I'm not sure what "large" means in this context :) Do you have a source for canned salmon that doesn't have BPA? (I asked at TJ's about their canned stuff and it's all BPA-free, /except/ the seafood. :/ )

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:23 PM

Thanks for taking the time and effort to look for info. I appreciate it!

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Thanks for asking the question; I hadn't deeply considered it before you asked. I suppose I think she needs it because I'm leery of feeding anyone in my family too much fish because of the possibility of mercury or other contamination. The oil can be molecularly distilled but the fish can't be.

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on October 16, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Exactly. If you are not feeding your child a lot of n6, then there should be no reason to supplement. Fish oil pills may contain mercury, would is not good for kids. Excess PUFA is also not good as it easily goes rancid (oxidizes). Some fish is a better option, as long as it is low mercury.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 15, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Nice! I'll have to try that. I always seem to have an almost empty jar of sauerkraut and plain yogurt around.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on October 15, 2012
at 08:34 PM

(I do a dip like that and add some tangy yogurt + spoonful of saur kraut juice, adds back some of zip I miss from mayo!)

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 15, 2012
at 08:05 PM

My son was so into the Nordic Naturals fish oil gummi worms, but they are pricy and didn't seem worth it, so we only got one container. I also got some omega 3 gummies from Trader Joe's that I use as treats sometimes, but haven't scrutinized the ingredients of yet.

Mostly, I just share my salmon or mackeral dip with him, he loves it on Mary's Gone crackers. We also go out for sushi every few weeks, which he loves too.

The dip is one large can of bone-in fish, a stick of butter, the juice of one lemon, a small handful of dried dill, salt and pepper to taste. Just run it in the food processor until shiny and smooth, then dip away. It keeps for at least a week in the fridge too (probably longer, but we tend to gobble it up before then).

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:26 PM

That recipe sounds delicious! What size can do you use? (I'm not sure what "large" means in this context :) Do you have a source for canned salmon that doesn't have BPA? (I asked at TJ's about their canned stuff and it's all BPA-free, /except/ the seafood. :/ )

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 17, 2012
at 04:44 AM

Thanks for the add'l info! I'll have to consider whether the peace of mind is worth the price of fresh salmon. :)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 16, 2012
at 11:02 PM

If you didn't want risk it at all, you could just poach a salmon fillet and use that.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:58 PM

I worry a lot about BPA, but I haven't worried as much about BPA in fish canned in water, that has gone from a cold climate to my relatively cold/temperate climate. Cool temps plus non-acidic food seems lower risk. I get the 16 oz. can of Alaskan salmon either from TJ's or the grocery store.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 15, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Nice! I'll have to try that. I always seem to have an almost empty jar of sauerkraut and plain yogurt around.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on October 15, 2012
at 08:34 PM

(I do a dip like that and add some tangy yogurt + spoonful of saur kraut juice, adds back some of zip I miss from mayo!)

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on October 15, 2012
at 07:15 PM

Why do you think your child needs a fish oil pill?

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Thanks for asking the question; I hadn't deeply considered it before you asked. I suppose I think she needs it because I'm leery of feeding anyone in my family too much fish because of the possibility of mercury or other contamination. The oil can be molecularly distilled but the fish can't be.

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on October 15, 2012
at 07:47 PM

I realize this isn't the best place to cite the Mayoclinic as many people don't see eye-to-eye with their dietary recommendations to begin with; but on their site they say

"Fish oil capsules should not be used in children except under the direction of a physician."

I am trying to find more information about safety or efficacy in children but am coming up short...I doubt much has been researched.

I'm inclined to agree with Dave here though, is there a reason you suspect your child's omega 3:6 balance would be imbalanced to the point of needing supplementation? Could you just make fish for dinner once or twice a week?

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:23 PM

Thanks for taking the time and effort to look for info. I appreciate it!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 16, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Exactly. If you are not feeding your child a lot of n6, then there should be no reason to supplement. Fish oil pills may contain mercury, would is not good for kids. Excess PUFA is also not good as it easily goes rancid (oxidizes). Some fish is a better option, as long as it is low mercury.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 15, 2012
at 09:42 PM

I give my children (5 and 7)CLO. The 5 year old takes Barlean's Swirl which tastes great. The older one takes one of the Green Pastures vitamin butter/FCLO a day. I cycle them off of it in the Spring and Summer.

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 16, 2012
at 10:28 PM

I haven't even heard of that! Is "vitamin butter" like the WAPF magic butter ingredient? I'll totally look into the CLO. My daughter is almost 7. Is there a reason one of your kids takes one and the other takes another?

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 17, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Yes...it is supposed to mimic WAPF activator X. The little one won't swallow pills yet. :) The insides are too sticky and smelly to put in liquid. Still working on her though.

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 25, 2012
at 02:28 AM

I got my daughter the Barlean's flax swirl and she totally loves it. Thanks for the rec! I'll check out the Green Pastures stuff when she can swallow pills. :)

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 25, 2012
at 02:19 PM

Oh good! We call it "Shrek" fish oil because of the color.

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11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

(655)

on October 15, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Fish for kids.....

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6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

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on October 15, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Fish Oil pills have mixed results in clinical trials. However, fish consumption does not have mixed results and is almost universally good.

Perhaps she lost her taste for fish oil capsules because her body doesn't need them.

I would suggest just had a bit of fish twice a week and try to limit omega 6. That's a lot safer in my opinion.

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